On Friday there were floods gushing in Kochi, Kerala’s Ernakulam district. The Idukki reservoir was opened and the water level of Periyar river went up. This leads the authorities to shut down the schools and offices.
Ernakulam Collector Mohammed Safirulla says, “More than 4000 people who were living in low-lying areas are affected and we have provided relief camps to them. The city is on high alert. This is the reason we had to close down the educational institutions that are affected.
The water of the reservoir is 130kms away and has already affected the areas near the port city. The biggest threat is the Cochin International Airport that is suffering from the floods.
The higher authorities have decided to close down the schools, offices, and colleges in Thrissur and Ernakulam after there is an increase in the water level of the Periyar river. Periyar is the second largest river after Bharatpuzha. Authorities are worried that Kochi is surrounded with the backwaters and water bodies, therefore, it may have to face the forceful impact of the water coming from the river and dams.
You can have look at the video link given below. This also lead to close the Cochin International Airport arrivals.
Periyar river, Idukki, and Idamalayar dams are not only used for hydro projects but also for drinking water. People of Kochi may go thirsty because of the flood rising from the dams and river.
The state revenue minister E Chandrasekharan who is camping in Aluva says, “Siltation in the river caused the dam water to carry off the slush. But we are here to help and if needed we will seek help from the Army also”.
Kannan Nair who was a headmaster (now retired) was shifted to the relief camp this morning says, “I never witnessed this much water flow in my life and we must take a lesson from this and check our river and forest encroachment every now and then. It was also a human casualty that this happened”.